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Jazz Blues in E

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Check out this latest Jazz Blues Backing Track in E, and a quick lesson on Side Stepping.

As this is a Jazz Blues, there are a number of ii V I (2 5 1) turn arounds rather than the more standard V IV I V (5, 4, 1, 5) in the last 4 bars of a 12 bar blues before heading back to the 1.

Here are the chord progressions:

Section A:

E7 / A7 / E7 / E7

A7 / A7 / E7 / E7

F#m7 / B7 / E7 / F#m7 B7


E7 / Fdim7 / F#m7 / F#m7

G#m7b5 / G7 / F#m7 / F#m7

Section B:

E7 / F#m7 / G#7 / A#7

A7 / D#7 / E7 / E7

F#m7 / B7 / E7 / F#m7 B7

Here's the track:

Just start out with the E blues scale, or even E major or minor pentatonic at first. Then start experimenting with other scales and arpeggios when ready.

Try the Mixolydian scale over the 7 chords, and the natural minor over the minor 7 chords.

Try experimenting with the diminished or diminished dominant scale for the V chord - the B7. This scale is great as it has all the main tones of the V chord, in this case the B, D#, F#, and the A of the B7b chord, but also some tasty note choices eg - 13th (G#) and some more out there notes like the b2 (C).

Here's a quick lesson on sidestepping using this backing track. There's a tab to follow as well:

Have fun and please let me know how things go in the comments, or if you'd like any more information on any of the ideas mentioned.

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